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Grand Coalition accused of going to bed with UPND

Headlines Grand Coalition accused of going to bed with UPND

FODEP Executive Director McDonald Chipenzi
FODEP Executive Director McDonald Chipenzi

The Grand Coalition is trying to campaign for the United Party for National Development (UPND) in next year’s elections in the pretext of fighting for a people driven constitution, Former Grand Coalition Member, Wilson Banda has charged.

But Grand Coalition spokesperson McDonald Chipenzi has dispelled assertions that the Coalition had gone to bed with UPND.

On Thursday, the Grand Coalition vowed to aggressively campaign against the Patriotic Front and the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) in 2016 for allegedly refusing to respect the wishes of the Zambian people over the enactment of the new republican constitution.

Mr Banda has charged that the reason why the Grand Coalition had come out in the open to campaign against the PF and MMD was because they would campaign for UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema ahead of the 2016 general election.

But Mr Chipenzi said the Grand Coalition had a lot of volunteers within the country who were willing to use their own resources across the country demanding for a New Constitution.

“We have not gone to bed with any political party, we are only trying to push for a new constitution with any political party that is willing to give us a new constitution,” Mr Chipenzi said.

And PF Secretary General Davies Chama said PF was not moved or threatened by the announcement by the Grand Coalition.
Mr Chama recalled that in the run-up to this year’s presidential by-election the Coalition did not support President Lungu and yet he still won the election.

Mr Chama said the Grand Coalition made some political parties to sign social contracts and supported those who signed yet they did not win.

He said the resolution by the Grand Coalition to campaign against the PF therefore had no bearing on the ruling party’s re-election next year.

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  1. The Grand Coalition has been consistent in terms of what they wanted – a people driven constitution adopted through a national referendum, whoever is against this is not cool as far as they are concerned. Now the people who have changed position like Banda want to make it look like the Coalition has changed position as well. Let him just declare his support for the PF because I can spot a hired gun when I see one.

    • Have you read the Constitution bills that went to Parliament?
      Have you even read the draft constitution itself? Do you understand why the Bill of Rights was excluded?
      Read Zambians, read!
      People come to come comments without reading! It is the cause of some many baseless statements!

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